graybeard


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gray·beard

 (grā′bîrd′)
n.
1. An old man.
2. A person considered to have extensive or valuable experience in something: "His appointment as interim C.E.O. suggests that the firm has placed a financial graybeard at the helm while it searches for a more permanent new leader" (New York Times).

gray•beard

(ˈgreɪˌbɪərd)

n.
a man whose beard is gray; old man; sage.
[1570–80]
gray′beard′ed, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.graybeard - a man who is very oldgraybeard - a man who is very old    
codger, old codger - used affectionately to refer to an eccentric but amusing old man
adult male, man - an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman); "there were two women and six men on the bus"
patriarch - a man who is older and higher in rank than yourself
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But dreams--of those who dream as I, Aspiringly, are damned, and die: Yet should I swear I mean alone, By notes so very shrilly blown, To break upon Time's monotone, While yet my vapid joy and grief Are tintless of the yellow leaf-- Why not an imp the graybeard hath, Will shake his shadow in my path-- And e'en the graybeard will o'erlook Connivingly my dreaming-book.
He was a glutton for gore, was this little, whiskered, gray monkey, so long as it was the gore of others-- a typical fight fan was the graybeard.
So, fellow-pilgrims," said he, "here we are, seven wise men, and one fair damsel--who, doubtless, is as wise as any graybeard of the company: here we are, I say, all bound on the same goodly enterprise.
So, fellow-pilgrims,' said he, 'here we are, seven wise men, and one fair damsel- who, doubtless, is as wise as any graybeard of the company: here we are, I say, all bound on the same goodly enterprise.
We had needed capital for the getting of these very emeralds, and I had raised a hundred pounds, on the terms you would expect, from a soft-spoken graybeard with an ingratiating smile, an incessant bow, and the shiftiest old eyes that ever flew from rim to rim of a pair of spectacles.
I would move," said the secretary, Harraway, a vulture-faced old graybeard who sat near the chairman, "that Brother McMurdo should wait until it is the good pleasure of the lodge to employ him.
The soul knows them not, and genius, obeying its law, knows how to play with them as a young child plays with graybeards and in churches.